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The modern Dragon class racing the 2019 Grand Prix at Cannes – an extraordinary transformation for a boat designed 90 years ago to be a weekend cruiser and club racer in the Swedish islands around Gothenburg.
The International Dragon Class and Kinsale seem to have been made for each other. When the Dragon Gold Cup is staged at the glossy south coast port next September, there will undoubtedly be a natural harmony to the event. With…
Some of the prizewinners at last night's presentation at RCYC by SCORA Commodore Johanna Murphy (centre). Scroll down for prizegiving gallery
The 19th AGM of SCORA, the south coast racing association, was held on Tuesday at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Crossshaven writes Bob Bateman The well-attended meeting included representatives of all the Cork harbour clubs in addition to Kinsale, Waterford and…
Irish Continental Group, the parent company of Irish Ferries has reported revenue of €308.8m in the first ten months of 2019, an increase of 8.2pc on the same period last year. As the Independent.ie writes, ICG said a "significant" proportion…
Bangor promenade beside the marina
Another project in addition to the Bangor Queen’s Parade development on the County Down coast mentioned recently in Afloat, should see the enhancement of a two-mile stretch of the coast from the west of the Bangor Harbour all the way through…
CGI image of Liverpool's new ferry terminal to be used by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. Image supplied by architects The Manser Practice.
A completion date for the new £38m Liverpool landing stage for Isle of Man ferries has been delayed. According to IOMToday, it will be in the summer, as the completion date for the ferry terminal was given as February 2021,…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, today launched its online entry system for the prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2020 regatta which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around…
Enough Talk having discharged the first crane at the Port of Waterford is seen departing from the south-east port with the remaining second crane bound for Dublin Port
The second of two new cranes transported by sea to Irish ports, has been identified by Afloat to begin a career with a shipping agency located in Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new cranes built by Liebherr in Germany…
Single Use Plastic: Brittany Ferries is in a drive to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of single use plastics on board its fleet of ferries including AFLOAT adds the ropax Kerry launched recently onto the year-round Cork-Santander service.
French operator, Brittany Ferries is realising the benefits of its drive to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of single use plastics on board its fleet of ferries by purging almost 5.7 million items of plastic per year. The operator…
Launching of newbuild Arklow Accord also introduced a new ship name in the history of the Co. Wicklow based shipping company which was established more than 60 years ago
Arklow Accord is the latest of a new series for ship-owner Arklow Shipping Ltd, however the bulk oriented cargo vessel is also a first for the company to use this ship name, writes Jehan Ashmore. The launching of newbuild Arklow…
Bangor Marine heads a major £50m regeneration project of Queen’s Parade in the town
Since Victorian times until about thirty years ago, Queens Parade in Bangor was a thriving seaside thoroughfare with shops, hotels, a cinema, and ice cream vendors all colourfully set in a row, attracting hundreds to that part of the town…
A (lo-lo) containership underway
A process has begun at the European Commission for reviewing the 2013 TEN-T guidelines with a public consultation before next summer. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) believes the review should not lead to a complete change of direction in…
The Harland & Wolf shipyard located in the east of Belfast Harbour
London-listed company, Infrastrata that is taking over Harland & Wolff, could bring major shipbuilding projects back to Belfast after confirming plans to work with Navantia, the Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company. According to The Irish Times, Infrastrata has signed a memorandum…
The tanker bunkering in Dun Laoghaire on Friday
Commercial shipping traffic might be reduced to very little in Dun Laoghaire Harbour these days but it is not gone entirely as witnessed by the arrival of a tanker this weekend. The 'Kowie' discharged in Dublin Port on Friday night…
Submissions Open For European Maritime Day ‘In My Country’ Events In 2020
Applications are now open to submit your event to be part of European Maritime Day celebrations next year. In 2019, a total of 145 events were organised across 23 countries under the ‘EMD In My Country’ banner, with activities from…
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough
The Ards and North Down Christmas lights switch-on this year on Saturday (23rd) at Bangor on Belfast Lough will be followed by a spectacular firework display from a floating barge moored outside the Harbour. A 200-metre safety zone will be…
Serving members of the Irish Naval Service who spend at least 80 days at sea will be eligible
A special tax credit by the Government is to introduced for sea-going naval personnel from next year. Serving members of the Naval Service, who spend at least 80 days at sea, will be eligible for the credit worth €1,270 per…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

The ports are therefore a vital cog in our economy but they're also a great place to see some interesting ships. 86 cruise liners called to Dublin in 2010 and a similar number came to Cork, including some of the biggest in the world.

These pages cover the following sectoral areas: shipowners, harbour authorities, shipbrokers, freight forwarders and contractors, cruise liner operators, port users, seamen, merchants, academic institutions, shipyards and repair facilities, naval architects, navy and defence personnel.

Our pages are covering some of the most notable arrivals around our coast and reporting too on port development and shipping news.

This section of the site deals with Port and Shipping News on our largest ports Dublin Port, Port of Cork, the Shannon Estuary, Galway Harbour and Belfast Lough.

A recent study carried out for the Irish Ports Association (IPA) totalled 75.7 billion during 2004 and their net economic impact was some 5.5 billion supporting around 57, 500 full time employees.

We also post updates on fishing, fisheries, lighthouses, cruise liners, naval visits, the Irish Naval service, coastal marinas and lots more too!

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